Kiribati, an island republic in the Central Pacific, comprises 33 coral atolls and isles stretching along the equator. With lagoons and white-sand beaches, many of its islands are uninhabited, offering a remote setting for fishing, diving and bird-watching. The crowded capital, South Tarawa, made up of small islets, retains remnants of WWII battles fought on its shores, and is known for folk dancing and handicrafts.
Kiribati has a hot, humid tropical climate, with air temperatures very closely related to the temperature of the oceans surrounding the small islands and atolls. Across Kiribati the average temperature is relatively contact year round. ... Figure 1: Season rainfall and temperature at Tarawa and Kiritibati.
The dollar is the currency of Kiribati. It is pegged at 1:1 ratio to the Australian dollar. Coins were issued in 1979 and circulate alongside banknotes and coins of the Australian dollar.
Shopping is limited in Kiribati except in the capital South Tarawa where you can find more variety and bigger shops. Several supermarket type stores and cooperative stores carry a wide range of consumer goods. In North Tarawa and the Outer Islands you will find only small convenient stores.